Reviews for Cupid Chronicles
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
Willa ([cf2]The Wedding Planner's Daughter[cf1]) tries to save the local library by hosting fundraisers at her parents' Cape Cod inn. For the Valentine's Day dance, her best friend insists on matching couples based on a compatibility questionnaire, while Willa believes Cupid will prevail. Fans of Willa's plucky attitude won't be bothered by the book's distracting present-tense narration and some unlikely dialogue. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2006 December #2
After playing cupid to both her mother and her grandmother in The Wedding Planner's Daughter (2005), 13-year-old Willa Havisham just might find herself in love this time--but only if she can save the town library, keep Ruby from stealing Joey away and survive her mother's eccentric guests. When the town council threatens to close the Bramble library, Willa takes it upon herself to save the day. Along the way, she reignites an old love, entertains some odd guests at the inn and tries to find out whether science or Cupid is the way to a guy's heart. Even with all of the new adventures, some things never change as she butts heads with her mother. Luckily, Sam's presence in the family helps smooth the way. Willa's spirit keeps it fun, but it's her smarts that make her memorable. Complete with a suggested reading list, this sequel will not disappoint readers anxious for another dance with Willa and her friends. (Fiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2007 April
Gr 5-9-- This sequel to The Wedding Planner's Daughter (S & S, 2005) begins as Willa is entering her freshman year of high school in Bramble, Cape Cod. With her mother now happily remarried and their nomadic life finally at an end, the girl turns her attentions to her date from middle school, Joseph Francis Kennelly, and the prospect of the town's library closing due to a severe lack of funds. As Community Service Leader for her class and a great book lover, she leads the campaign to save Bramble's library. Fans of the first book will not be disappointed, and those just meeting Willafred Havisham will find a genuinely likable protagonist. Events from the previous novel are summarized sufficiently so that readers need not be familiar with it to enjoy this stand-alone sequel. Those who pick up the book because the title suggests good romantic fluff will get that, but they will also be treated to a lesson on "community rent"--the giving of oneself to help others. That added substance sets this title apart from those that focus solely on the more melodramatic side of middle and high school. And while there are some subplots that aren't fully developed--such as the implications that a councilman wants the library closed for personal reasons--this is a sweet and satisfying read from cover to cover.--Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL [Page 144]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.